Saklıkent Canyon – The Hidden City Gorge

See... no more walkway.  Just a stream and a gorge to walk through.

Saklıkent Canyon is located in Muğla province in Turkey, 50 km from the city of Fethiye. The Canyon is 300 meters deep and 18 km long, one of the deepest in the world, resulting from the abrasion of the rocks by flowing waters over thousands of years.

As the level of water rises during winter months, visitors can enter the canyon only in the summer. Four kilometers of the canyon are walkable after April, when most of the snow in the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Saklıkent means “hidden city” in Turkish.

The gorge is open from the April 1 to September 30. The best time to visit is in the morning or late afternoon to avoid tour groups in the high season (mid-summer).

Be sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or sports sandals as the rubber shoes available for rent at the river bar but are not very comfortable. You may also want to bring a change of clothes with you in case you get wet.

People often run the mud into their skin as it is known to contain minerals which are very good for your skin. The further you walk into the gorge, the harder it becomes. Getting to the very end is a great triumph as there is a spectacular waterfall there, but you need to be quite agile to negotiate the rocks and fast flowing water.

Walking through the gorge and back is really great fun. At the beginning it can be a bit of a shock walking through the fast flowing and very deep water, but the very quickly the way becomes shallow and easy to walk through. At the beginning there are some very nice tree-house type cafes where you can relax and have a drink. Outside there is also a nice place to have a meal by the canyon.

Saklıkent Canyon is a beautiful place, a great day out and well worth a visit, being only 40 minutes from Fethiye.

 

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